February is a month that is silly for lots of reasons. It mocks you relentlessly with chill winds and bone freezing rain, nothing good is on at the cinema and the heckling, relentless voice in your head chastises you once again for another failed dry January. Cartoon cherubs nock arrows with heart shaped heads to …

‘We cannot believe we are celebrating 17 years of Bang this weekend!’ says local DJ and Bang resident Emma Gorton-Ellicott. This Saturday will mark 17 years of Bristol clubnight Bang, bringing its eclectic mix of bangers from the 50s right through to today, spinning tunes from the likes of Joy Division through to Martha Reeves, …

Masterfully combining creative songwriting with hypnotic performance visuals is a skill few can so effortly achieve as Paper Dragon. Born from Bristol’s electronic current, the project, fronted by vocalist and composer Ruth Royall, seeks to put a progressive stamp on the concept of band artistry, whilst writing songs that reminisce drum and bass, house, soul …

Born in Zambia and raised in Botswana, rapper, songwriter and poet Sampa Tembo released her debut music project The Great Mixtape in 2015 while studying sound engineering in Sydney, Australia.  People were quick to catch on, and following a series of singles including Estelle-collaboration HERoes Act 2, Sampa’s next mixtape Birds and The BEE9 won …

Surfacing in 2019 with Goat Girl collaboration Feels Hz, Pet Shimmers seemed at first to be a live band extension of Bristol musician Oliver Wilde; though it soon became clear something much bigger was afoot. This is a band so self aware of their self awareness, that they’re completely serious and taking the piss at …

It has been a terrible time recently for the people of Australia in the wake of the recent spate of fires that ravaged their country, so it’s always heartening to see people giving what they can to support causes dedicated to alleviating the suffering of those affected. For these noble reasons, the team at Filthy …

Aurora is the latin word for dawn. She is the Roman goddess, renewing herself each morning, flying across the sky announcing the arrival of the sun. Aurora, the Norwegian singer and producer, suits her name – her iconic look and unique brand of dreamy folk pop music feels like the heralding of a new dawn. …

Autumn saw the release of the highly anticipated, second solo studio album Turn to Clear View, from London keyboardist, producer and Ezra Collective member, Joe Armon-Jones. Featuring a whole host of musicians, including UK jazz artists Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia, UK hip hop talent Jehst and US MC and singer Georgia Muldrow, Joe’s new …

Discovered by the godfather Andy C in 2003 and emerging on Ram Records two years later, Sub Focus’ uncompromising sound has gone on to achieve unprecedented underground and commercial success.  Drawing influences from jungle, dubstep, house and everything EDM, his euphoric take on drum and bass and his devotion to creating a spectacular audio-visual show …

Following three successful years of solid lineups in Oxford, Ritual Union is heading west for its inaugural festival in Bristol on 28 March, offering an undeniably tempting selection of some of the most hotly-tipped names of the moment. Creating a circuit between Rough Trade, SWX and The Lanes, the day-long festival is set to see …